JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C., –
Since not every Airmen, Sailor and family will get to go home for the holidays, Joint Base Charleston's Winter Wonderland is now open to serve as a home away from home.
The Winter Wonderland is a place where anyone can enjoy the wonders of lights, trees, toy trains, music, books and even a little Christmas magic.
"Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to rest, relax and interact with friends and family during this holiday season," said Debbie Ross, Airmen and Family Services flight chief and Winter Wonderland creator. "I came up with this idea during last year's holiday season. I had just moved to Charleston and realized there was no place to just sit down and enjoy the holiday spirit on base."
Winter Wonderland is located in the pavilion behind the Charleston Club and can seat more than 40 people. A 'sharing table' is located inside where people are encouraged to share a little holiday sweet such as baked goods.
"We are currently working on getting a hot chocolate and cookie station set up for people to enjoy," Ross said. "I want people to feel like they have a place of belonging for the holidays."
Lieutenant Col. Danny Davis, 628th Force Support Squadron commander said, "Joint Base Charleston is a busy place and the Winter Wonderland is a great place to relax and unwind from stress. You can grab a cup of coffee from the club and listen to some Christmas cheer or bring your children and read them a Christmas story."
Winter Wonderland is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
The smell of pine trees alone from walking into the building will bring back precious moments of past Christmases, Ross said.
"Enjoy the atmosphere, grab a book, listen to some music and take a rest," she said. "You deserve it."